Lyric Poem

By Drisya John


Lyric poem is a form of poetry that have a musical rhythm, and their concepts often explore romantic feeling or other strong emotions. It is typically spoken in fist person and you can identify if it is a lyric poem by it musicality. The word lyric is derived from the Greek literature to be defined by its musical accompaniment, usually on a stringed instrument known as a lyre.


You can find many examples of lyric poem in Shakespeare's Sonnets.

James DeFord

Italian Sonnet by James DeFord, written in 1997:

Turn back the heart you've turned away

Give back your kissing breath

Leave not my love as you have left

The broken hearts of yesterday

But wait, be still, don't lose this way

Affection now, for what you guess

May be something more, could be less

Accept my love, live for today.

William Shakespeare

Sonnet Number 18, written by William Shakespeare:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimmed,

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.

Many lyric poems are about love, but they can be about anything which stirs the emotions.

Sonnet no 18: By William Shakespeare ('Summer's day')

Your Turn!

Find an example of Lyric Poetry.